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Submission + - Human Rights Groups Join Criticism of WikiLeaks ( 1

e065c8515d206cb0e190 writes: Several human rights organizations contacted Wikileaks and pressed them to do a better job at hiding information that endangers civilians from their leaked documents. Wikileaks editor Julian Assange issued a strong rebuke. From the article:

Mr. Assange then replied: "I'm very busy and have no time to deal with people who prefer to do nothing but cover their asses. If Amnesty does nothing I shall issue a press release highlighting its refusal," according to people familiar with the exchange.

Comment Re:Rules 1 through 7 of using a Cell Phone (Score 2, Informative) 585

Of course it can be quite a distraction for many drivers to try and hold a phone to their ear or type out a text while driving, What about hands free, e.g., bluetooth headsets? A quick poke of a button on your ear to answer a call shouldn't be any different than pushing a button to change the channel on your radio. If the phone is set to auto answer, it's not much different than having a conversation with a passenger in the vehicle.

There is a (maybe not so) subtle difference between a cell phone conversation and one with a person in the car. Passengers in a car tend to have at least partial awareness of what is happening in traffic and can adjust accordingly or even warn the driver (maybe that is worse, in some cases) Fiddling with a cell phone certainly can't help one's driving, but I think it's the conversation (with a non-present party) that is the real problem. Link below is a study...


Doom-Like Video Surveillance For Ports In Development 56

oranghutan writes "A research and development group down under is working to develop an advanced video surveillance system for ports around the world that uses video superimposed onto a 3D map. With 16-megapixel high-definition cameras on a distributed (cabled) network and a proprietary system written in a variety of languages (C++, Python, SQL, etc.), the group from NICTA is aiming to allow security teams at the Port of Brisbane — which is 110km long — to monitor shipping movements, cargo and people. By scrolling along a 3D map, the security teams can click on a location and then get a real-time video feed superimposed onto the map. Authorities from around the world with the right permissions can then access the same system. The main difference from regular surveillance systems is the ability to switch views without having to know camera numbers/locations and the one screen view."

Super-Earths Discovered Orbiting Nearby, Sun-Like Star 242

likuidkewl writes "Two super-earths, 5 and 7.5 times the size of our home, were found to be orbiting 61 Virginis a mere 28 light years away. 'These detections indicate that low-mass planets are quite common around nearby stars. The discovery of potentially habitable nearby worlds may be just a few years away,' said Steven Vogt, a professor of astronomy and astrophysics at UCSC. Among hundreds of our nearest stellar neighbors, 61 Vir stands out as being the most nearly similar to the Sun in terms of age, mass, and other essential properties."

Comment Re:Biomimetics (Score 1) 92

If an intelligent designer was constructing clever solutions and using them for life then it seems incredibly strange that solutions don't get used multiple times.

an example in evolutionary terms is convergence (don't know/care what it would be in ID)... whether evolution or the flying spaghetti monster is the driving force, your statement above is fallacious.

Comment Re:Biomimetics (Score 1) 92

In nature there are many examples of solutions that get used time and time again (e.g. DNA replication: used by all life) ... and there are the unique solutions too (niche anyone?). Neither fact does much to prove or disprove ID or evolution. Seems pretty non-sequitur to me... comes off a bit hypersensitive too.

Major Snow Leopard Bug Said To Delete User Data 353

inglishmayjer was one of several readers to send in the news of a major bug in Apple's new OS, 10.6 Snow Leopard, that can wipe out all user data for the administrator account. It is said to be triggered — not every time — by logging in to the Guest account and then back in to the admin account. Some users are reporting that all settings have been reset and most data is gone. The article links to a number of Apple forum threads up to a month old bemoaning the problem. MacFixIt suggests disabling login on the Guest account and, if you need that functionality, creating a non-administrative account named something like Visitor. (The Guest account is special in that its settings are wiped clean after logout.) CNet reports that Apple has acknowledged the bug and is working on a fix.

Marge Simpson Poses For Playboy 413

caffiend666 writes "'Marge Simpson is posing for Playboy . The magazine is giving the star of The Simpsons the star treatment, complete with a data sheet, an interview and a 2-page centerfold. 'We knew that this would really appeal to the 20-something crowd,' said Playboy spokeswoman Theresa Hennessey. Playboy even convinced 7-Eleven to carry the magazine in its 1,200 corporate-owned stores, something the company has only done once before in more than 20 years." Worst issue ever!

Submission + - Ford's new radar technology based on Open Source ( 1

zakkie writes: "Ford is releasing new safety-enhancing radar equipment for its new Taurus sedan. The radar itself is based on F22 fighter radar but interestingly it's claimed that the software is built from open source. What that may mean in the vague waffling context of the article is unclear, but it's interesting simply because they've gone to the effort of stating it in those words. Clearly "open source" is being thought of outside the IT world as a good thing, and that surely is itself a good thing."

Submission + - Review: Snow Leopard (

spinfactor writes: "Unlike in the past, Apple didn't totally design a new product and intro it with a big dog and pony show with all the fireworks, instead they took there time rebuilding the already good operating system by modifying things you don't see under the hood."
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Submission + - Hey, Linux Fanboys: Stop Giving Apple a Free Ride ( 3

Death Metal writes: "Yet in important ways, Apple is more closed than Microsoft. Apple controls not just software, like Microsoft does, but its hardware as well. Try to sell a non-Apple computer with Apple's OS on it, and you'll get hauled into court by Apple lawyers. Apple has also taken legal action against bloggers who report on upcoming hardware and software releases. There's a long list of ways in which Apple is far more closed than Microsoft.

Yet the Free Software Foundation, and many other open source proponents, conveniently ignore these facts, and regularly attack Microsoft, while giving Apple a free ride. Apple, after all, has the "coolness" factor in its favor, and it's fashionable and easy to attack Microsoft."


Submission + - TCP/IP Compression? Free proxy software? 2

BikeHelmet writes: Does anyone know of proxy server software with compression technology, or software that can compress entire TCP/IP connections? Like what Opera has for their browser, but for the entire TCP/IP stack?

I have a friend in Australia, which has a horrible ADSL2 internet connection. When he hits 25GB of transfer for the month(or when his ISP says he has), they cap him to 64kbit. This is too slow to do anything. Browsing the internet is slow, and playing games is nearly impossible without lagging out. (though to his credit, we managed to play a 4-person round of TF2 today... until two more people joined and he dropped.)

Since at 64kbit, his ping already spirals out of control, I figured maybe there's at least a way to get him more bandwidth. I recall dialup ISPs used to offer some sort of compression that made that 56k act more like a 12KB/sec connection for downloading webpages. If there's some sort of proxy server software that can compress packets on my end and pass them on to him, then I figure we could run it on our computers to speed up his connection.

And before anyone asks, my ISP is okay with acting as a server, and has all ports opened up. So, is there some free software that fits the task?

Submission + - Die Hard: SCO is up for another round

i_frame writes: According to LinuxInsider a U.S. appeals court is considering that: "A judge erred in 2007 by granting the copyright of the UNIX OS to Novell", which means that "Novell may have to get in the ring yet again with SCO... SCO says the appellate panel's ruling reinstates the company's claims against IBM as well".

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